A snow storm landed in the Middle East on Wednesday as large parts of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the West Bank experienced one of the coldest winters in years.
Good morning from snowy Ramallah. It’s beautiful and majestic. I think it’s the snow on the olive trees that does it for me. pic.twitter.com/10Gbgkihq3— Salem Barahmeh (@Barahmeh) January 27, 2022
Social media users shared a multitude of photos and videos showing the severity of the weather in places where roads were blocked and homes were snowed in.
…Well, this is stunning! ⛷ 🇱🇧 pic.twitter.com/sxs5BGm7LD— Andrew Wilson (@AndrewJAWilson) January 22, 2022
Beaches and mountains in Lebanon had a canopy of unexpected white snow.
Many roads had limited access due to the snow, while schools announced closures for a temporary period.
Children went out into the streets to watch the flakes falling and hurl snowballs at each other.
In Palestine, Abed Shabany, took his two sons to play on a hill overlooking Jerusalem. As he reversed his Jeep through inches of slush, other parents kept themselves warm brewing coffee on gas canisters in their boots, according to the Associated Press.
“I haven’t seen anything like this for years,” he said. “There’s no school today so I’m just going around with the kids making snowmen and snowballs. I think it’s a good sign. It will be a good year, I hope,” he told the Associated Press.
Police closed off several main highways leading to Jerusalem, and bus services inside the city were suspended, according to the Associated Press.
Before arriving in Jerusalem, the winter storm swept through the Mediterranean region, from Greece across Turkey and into Syria.